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The Federal Government Wants to Lower DUI Levels

May 29th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

empty wine glassThe government has made various attempts in trying to reduce the number of alcohol related deaths.  They have raised the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21.  They have also lowered the permissible blood alcohol level to .08.  Now there might be a more drastic effort to eliminate traffic deaths caused by alcohol.

In recent news, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended a reduction in the blood alcohol level which can lead to DUI arrests and convictions.  Although states are responsible for managing their own DUI laws, the federal government can force the states to change their laws by withholding highway funding.

“Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable,” NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said. “Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will.”  The lower threshold is only one recommendation presented by the NTSB to reduce fatalities involving alcohol.

Supporters of the change look at other evidence which corroborates the recommendation of the NTSB. For example, the reduction of alcohol related casualties in over 100 countries in Europe had in when they lowered their blood alcohol threshold to .05 percent.  After ten years of the lowered standard, deaths were reduced by more than half.

Detractors of the blood alcohol level modification point to other areas that should be targeted to reduce accidents.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving has three recommendations: ignition locks for all repeat offenders, better technology to stop drunk drivers from operating vehicles, and more law enforcement on the streets.

It may soon become a lot easier to be arrested for driving while intoxicated.  Some states have already amended their DUI laws.  If you have been pulled over due to suspicion of DUI, it is important to contact a skilled DUI defense attorney in DuPage County who has many years of experience.

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New Study Links Texting while Driving to Drinking and Driving

May 20th, 2013 at 8:00 am

new driverEven before texting while driving became a problem, car crashes have been a leading cause of death for teenagers.  35% of teen deaths were the result of accidents according to statistics from 2009, which is much higher than any other cause.  Teens are more susceptible to getting into accidents because they are new drivers, immature and become distracted by other things.  New information has come to light that nearly half of teenagers text while driving according to a study conducted by the CDC.

4 out of 9 of teens said they sent or received a text while driving in the past 30 days.  12% said that they text while driving everyday. Risky behavior like texting behind the wheel can be one example of teenagers making bad decisions.  But this study shows that one risky behavior often begets another,  including not wearing seat belts as well as driving after drinking alcoholic beverages.

Those who texted while driving were 6 times more likely to drink and drive.  3% of surveyed teens said that they drove after drinking alcohol even though they do not text and drive.  That is compared to 19% of those teens who do text and drive.  Texting teens are also more likely to accept rides from other drivers who have recently drank alcohol.  19 percent of teens who don’t text said that they took rides from drivers who imbibed compared to 34% of teenagers who do text.

If your teen practices dangerous behaviors while driving, it is important to talk to them about safety before they make a bad decision.  But if your teen is already in trouble with the law due to drinking and driving, more help will be necessary.  Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in Dupage County who can limit the damage to your child’s future.

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New Law Targets Parents involved in Underage Drinking

April 15th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

teen partyA new law was enacted as of January 1st in 2013 that takes aim at adults who try to be “cool” with their children.  It will increase the penalties for parents who have their children or others to drink at their homes.  It stipulates that the parents don’t have to know of this activity and closes a commonly used loophole for parents to claim no liability for their children’s underage drinking.

The law is now a misdemeanor that allows has a fine of $500 for parents who allow their children to drink anywhere on their property.  This is if nothing further happens to the children who are drinking.

If the drinking results in the harm or, even worse, the death of a child, then the punishment is more severe.  The adult can be charged with a felony. This new law has brought the rebuff of some local legal professionals.

DUI attorney Don Ramsell spoke out against this new law.  He felt so strongly about it because the laws harms the relationship between the parents and children.  “The old law carried penalties only when parents actually authorized the drinking or actually knew it was occurring. This new law would put a parent in jail for up to one year simply because they failed to prevent underage drinking on their properties,” he said.

Since the penalties have become so strict, it is important to have an advocate who feels strongly about the law and will fight for you.  If you have been arrested because of your underage child or a DUI then contact an experienced DUI attorney in Elmhurst.

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